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Giant Hornet Attacks Cause Honeybee Alarm Buzz in Hives, U of G Study Reveals

Like setting off alarms in a beehive, Asian honeybees use complex signals to alert nest mates about giant hornet attacks, according to a new study co-led by University of Guelph researchers.

The study shows that honeybees recognize and respond to different types of hornets using several signals, a kind of alert system that is better known among social mammals and birds, said Dr. Gard Otis, professor emeritus in the School of Environmental Sciences within U of G’s Ontario Agricultural College.

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Meet Vanessa, Plant Science Student

Vanessa is a fourth year Bachelor of Science – Plant Science student. She was drawn to the University of Guelph by the plant science program, the Arboretum, and the conservatory. She hopes to pursue a master's to continue research in plant conservation.

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Meet Casandra, PhD Rural Studies Student

Casandra is a lifelong learner and decided to return to the University of Guelph (U of G) as a mature student. She completed her undergraduate studies in international development and masters in capacity development and extension at U of G. Casandra is pursuing her doctoral studies while working, which is not an easy feat. After graduation, she plans to continue her work, hopes to teach other learners and suspects a postdoctoral fellowship will be in her near future.

Food Economist Predicts Prices to Keep Rising

The announcement that dairy prices are set to rise eight percent on Feb. 1, has made headlines and even prompted calls for more transparency on how prices are set, but a University of Guelph food economist says other foods could rise even further; we just won’t be warned.

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Students Improving Life: Using new tech to improve plant agriculture research

Jared Stoochnoff is a graduate student in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES). His research takes place in the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF) under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon and Dr. Thomas Graham, professors in SES.

The facility is equipped with plant growth analysis chambers which allow researchers to study plants grown under extreme conditions posed in space or harsh environments on Earth.

U of G Ecologist Discusses Challenges of COP26 Deforestation Pledge

More than 100 world leaders attending the COP26 climate summit have promised to end deforestation by 2030 — a goal that one University of Guelph ecologist says is promising but one that will be challenging to achieve.

Dr. Madhur Anand is an environmental science in the Ontario Agriculture College and the director of the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (GIER). She says the goal of halting forest destruction will be difficult given that what drives it is a growing global population, agriculture and increasing per capita food consumption.

U of G Grad’s Winning 3-Minute Thesis Entry to Feature in National Showcase

“Don’t be snappy, be happy.” That’s the title of a snappy award-winning talk on preventing harmful feather-pecking behaviour in chickens by recent University of Guelph graduate Dr. Claire Mindus to be featured this week in a national 3MT (3-Minute Thesis) showcase.

Mindus won this year’s 3MT competition at U of G with a concise overview of her recently completed PhD research in the Ontario Agricultural College on how gut bacteria can impact severe feather-pecking behaviour in laying hens.

Want to Contact an Indigenous Scholar? Here Are 10 Things to Consider First

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence. Read the original article.

By Dr. Jesse Popp, assistant professor and chair in Indigenous Environmental Science, School of Environmental Studies

Although a wide diversity of world views exist, each having unique perspectives that can be complementary to one another, colonial forces have prioritized some world views and knowledge systems over others.

U of G Researchers Develop Plant-Based Masks to Replace Disposables

A new University of Guelph-designed material for surgical mask filters could offer a more breathable and sustainable alternative to traditional surgical masks.

Dr. Loong-Tak Lim , a food science professor in the Ontario Agricultural College, and graduate student Singam Suranjoy Singh have made a non-woven surgical mask filter from plant cellulose. The mask’s biodegradable filter was designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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